Hockomock Area YMCA Announces Healthy Weight and Your Child Program Classes this Spring

Family Information Session on February 25th at Foxborough Regional Charter School

The Hockomock Area YMCA is excited to announce a new program called Healthy Weight and Your Child Program which empowers 7-13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Beginning February 25 th , this program will take place onsite at the Foxborough Regional Charter School.

The Healthy Weight and Your Child program emphasizes three elements: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change, engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight.

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 15 week physical activity and nutrition program that meets two times a week for 2 hours each session (Mondays and Wednesdays). There will be one hour of
fun movement-based activity during the class. Made up of a group of 10 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. The program is an evidence-based model, developed by leading child health and weight management specialists using the best available research, as well as clinical and government guidelines. The sessions are facilitated by trained content and activity leaders who are committed to engaging the whole family.

Those interested in this program are invited to attend a Family Information Session on Monday, February 25th from 6:15pm to 8:15pm at the Foxborough Regional Charter School. Interested
families can contact Marykate Bergen at marykateb@hockymca.org or call 508-339-4053 to register to attend the session. The Hockomock Area YMCA has been involved with youth obesity
prevention since 2007, which marked the start of their Healthy Futures Initiative designed to create healthier communities.

Program cost is $300 for YMCA members and $400 for non-members. Families will also receive a complimentary YMCA membership while enrolled in the program (a $300 value). To be eligible for the program, each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, be cleared for physical activity by a health care provider or school nurse, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.

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